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FDA Approves the First Non-Opioid Treatment for Management of Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms in Adults
FDA (05/16) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Lucemyra (lofexidine hydrochloride) for the mitigation of withdrawal symptoms to facilitate abrupt discontinuation of opioids in adults. While Lucemyra may lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms, it may not completely prevent them and is only approved for treatment for up to 14 days. Read more
Expanded Sports Betting Fuels Fears About Gambling Addiction
TELEGRAPH HERALD (05/24) – For sports leagues and gambling industries, the imminent expansion of legalized sports betting promises a bonanza. For the experts and organizations already concerned about pervasive problem gambling, it promises a whole new roster of worries. Much of the apprehension relates to the prospect of myriad forms of online sports betting — accessible to gamblers at any time and location via their mobile phones. Read more
In the Addiction Battle, Is Forced Rehab the Solution?
WASHINGTON POST (05/22) – [...] An Associated Press check of data in some key states has found that the use of involuntary commitment for drug addiction is rising. And in many places, lawmakers are trying to create or strengthen laws allowing authorities to force people into treatment. Read more
Senators Introduce Bill to Measure Progress in Opioid Fight
THE HILL (05/23) – Three senators are introducing a bill to measure the federal government’s progress in ending the opioid epidemic, as the White House and Congress are grappling with how to solve a crisis contributing to thousands of deaths per year. Read more
Believing Addiction Reduces Free Will May Hamper Efforts to Quit
SCIENCE TRENDS (05/14) – If addiction is a disease, then presumably its sufferers have no more control over its course than people with cancer or the flu. […] However, the removal of free will is not scientifically proven. Many scientists now believe addictive behavior, while unfortunate and tragic, is controllable and caused by free decision-making. Read more
More U.S. Kids Overdosing on ADHD Drugs
REUTERS (05/21) – The surge in U.S. kids taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is having an unintended side effect, a new study suggests: more children and teens are overdosing on these drugs. […] “While the number of calls about ADHD medication exposures among children and adolescents fluctuated throughout the years of the study, there was an overall increase of 61 percent during the study period[.]” Read more
Could Brain Stimulation be the Answer to Ending Drug Addiction?
BIG THINK (05/23) – […] Although many treatment options are available, no matter the type of addiction, recidivism rates are exceptionally high. Now, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina believe they can reboot the brain’s reward center and halt addiction. This is done through something called repeated trans-cranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). Read more
As Overdoses Climb, Emergency Departments Begin Treating Opioid Use Disorder
JAMA NETWORK (05/16) – […] “That was so frustrating for all of us,” recalled Ali Raja, MD, executive vice chair of the department. “We weren’t trained or equipped to dispense buprenorphine,” 1 of 3 approved drugs used to treat opioid use disorder. Read more
Is Addictive Behavior Compulsive?
SCIENCE TRENDS (05/17) – […] Given the centrality of the concept, it is a surprising fact that it is not at all clear what exactly compulsion is supposed to mean in relation to addiction. A review of the relevant literature soon reveals that different authors and different institutions mean different things by the term. Read more
Workforce Drug Positivity at Highest Rate in a Decade, Finds Analysis of More Than 10 Million Drug Test Results
QUEST DIAGNOSTICS (05/08) – Driven by increases in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, drug use by the American workforce remains at its highest rate in more than a decade, according to a new analysis released today by Quest Diagnostics[.] Read more
Trying Physical Therapy First for Low Back Pain May Curb Use of Opioids
NPR (05/23) – […] It turned out that patients who saw a physical therapist before trying other treatments had an 89 percent lower probability of eventually needing an opioid prescription, a 28 percent lower probability of having any advanced imaging services, and a 15 percent lower probability of making one or more ER visits. Read more
The Most Damaging Addictive Drugs Are Not the Ones You Think, Report Shows
SCIENCE ALERT (05/15) – Addictive drugs can have devastating effects on human life, but the worst of the lot are not the ones you might think. In fact, alcohol and tobacco are more damaging than other harder, illicit drugs, according to a new report. Read more
Teens are Choosing Marijuana Over Cigarettes, Alcohol as Their First Drug
THE FIX (05/21) – Young people are putting marijuana first. A new national study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) looked at more than 275,000 people over a 10-year period and found that kids are more likely to turn to weed for their first substance experience than they are alcohol, tobacco or harder drugs. Read more
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